Some would say … so much negative space, no information, frame space taken uselessly. That would be so wrong. Try to take out the upper part and you are changing the whole story.
Because the empty sky, waiting to be populated, is the only escape of the struggling existence masterfully rendered by Rafael. The slight head turning of the subject reveals his young age only to accentuate this path to nowhere.
An image full of symbolism (the absolute truth of the unfairness of life, of the omnipresence of children of a lesser god, can only be described indirectly in a metaphoric and suggestive way.) And here the opening on the wall is not promising or bright at all.
And the last shelter is the sky, rightfully occupying half of the frame. Are you still protesting for the non-respect of the "rules" (horizon not at the two thirds and tilted)? I guess there is no need to praise the great use of the greys and the powerful gesture. No need either to mention or to draw the attention to the leading lines obsessively guiding us somewhere we'd prefer to just turn around.
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